The facility includes a main venue that can be used for concerts, events, ice sports, tradeshows, and ceremonies with 2,400 spectator seats as well as a 500 seat multi-use hall/gymnasium and atrium.
The Southeast Events Centre will be located downtown, replacing the current Centennial arena, and connecting to the existing community plaza, T.G. Smith arena, Steinbach Curling Club, and theatre.
The downtown location is in line with the City’s Official Community Plan, maintains downtown as a dynamic, public space, and realizes significant construction benefits from existing infrastructure and services. The facility design also provides for ample parking.
This is a multi-use venue that supports recreation, arts, economy, and culture under one roof in a way that provides excellent value to our citizens and the southeast region.
Steinbach Mayor, Earl Funk
The City of Steinbach is planning a virtual meeting with the project design team lead. They will provide an overview of the project and answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
A date for the virtual meeting is expected to be set early fall. If you would like to be notified to register to participate, please complete and submit the form provided.
Project Design Team Lead
The City of Steinbach is pleased to be working together with Southeast Event Centre Inc. (SEC Inc.) for the construction and operation of an events centre.
SEC Inc. is a non-profit group of private citizens committing personal funds and undertaking fundraising for this project.
Under expected development and operating agreements with the City, SEC Inc. will manage the facility while the City retains ownership ensuring the centre is maintained as a long-term community asset. View City of Steinbach and SEC Inc. Memorandum of Understanding.
Steinbach City Council commits $10M in city funds and the use of city land in and around the T.G. Smith Centre for Southeast Event Centre.
SEC Inc. presents concept plans for an all-in-one events facility in a closed meeting in June 2019 to Steinbach City Council.
Steinbach City Council commits $10M in city funds and the use of city land in and around the T.G. Smith Centre at the October 1, 2019 Council meeting. SEC Inc. pledges to raise at least $15M in private funding.
Grant application under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).
July 26, 2021 - Funding Application Successful for Southeast Event Centre.
The City and SEC Inc. start the detailed design process once grant funding and other project approval requirements are confirmed.
With funding in place, construction is expected to begin in 2022.
Where is the Southeast Event Centre being built?
The facility will be built in downtown Steinbach on the same location as the existing TG Smith Centre.
How much will the Southeast Event Centre cost and where is the money coming from?
The total project cost is approximately $42.5 Million. $17.5 Million is coming from provincial and federal government funding (Investing in Infrastructure Program Grant [ICIP]). $15 Million is coming from private fundraising. $10 Million dollars will come from city funds (combination of reserve funds and debt).
What features will the Southeast Event Centre include?
It will include two indoor ice surfaces, of which one will be able to convert to a concert and event venue, capable of holding up to 4,000 people.
A multi-use hall where basketball, volleyball, pickleball, and futsal can be played.
An atrium used as a public gathering space and a walking track.
Will we still have a rink during construction?
Yes. The TG Smith and Centennial arenas are expected to be available for use through the construction process. After the 2021/22 season, the outdoor rink will be de-commissioned. A location for a new outdoor rink to be determined.
How long is construction going to take?
Construction is expected to begin in summer 2022 at the earliest. It will take approximately 18-24 months to complete stage 1.
Will construction take place in stages?
Yes, there are two stages to this project:
Stage 1 – Construction of main arena. This will replace the existing Centennial arena.
Stage 2 – Demolition of Centennial arena and construction of multi-use hall and walking track.
Will User Groups be able to offer input into the project?
Yes, as part of the design process, community user groups will have the opportunity to provide their feedback on the project.
Will there be parking available during construction?
Yes, during the 2021/22 season, there will be no change to parking. Construction is not expected to begin until summer 2022 at the earliest. Parking will be available to users throughout the construction process.
Will there be sufficient parking at the Southeast Event Centre?
Yes. Parking is an important factor in the design of this facility. There will be parking on-site as well as additional parking within a short walk to the new facility.
How do I find more information?
We will continue to update this website with information as it becomes available. If you have a specific question, please complete the online form on this page and we will be happy to get back to you.
The Southeast Event Centre (SEC), planned for downtown Steinbach as part of a renewal of the T.G. Smith Recreation Centre site and replacement of the current Centennial Arena, a facility that has served the community and region well for over 50 years. The overall program will connect the dynamic arts community with recreational use and will be a catalyst for redeveloping Steinbach's downtown into a destination site for the community.
Significant private funding will be committed to this project and the facility itself is planned to meet the diverse needs of a growing and vibrant community and region. It represents the innovation of a community through unique partnerships with the purpose of building community, connection and promoting wellness for all.
The facility is designed to be open to the community and invite the community in. It will be used by several different user groups representative of the populous and demographics of the region.
The main venue, a 2,400 seat spectator facility is designed to adapt to the many needs of the community with multi-mode capacity for tradeshows, ceremonies, concerts, ice related use and recreational activities.
As a concert and event facility this venue will flex up to 4,000 capacity with capability of more based on need. This venue will be supported by a large 500 seat multi-use hall/gymnasium and atrium (flex hall) designed to open the facility to the community. These combined facilities will connect to the existing T.G, Smith Arena, Steinbach Curling Club and other existing venues.
In addition to the various minor sports and community groups that use our current facilities, a number of additional opportunities would be created including trade shows, theatre, concerts, graduations, court sports, ice sports and conferences of all sorts, including national events.